Let’s all help revive
respect in our schools
I am a parent of children who attend Fayetteville Elementary School. Recently, I have observed some very upsetting behavior from adults picking up their children at the school. There has been daily yelling at school personnel, spitting and worse.
All of this behavior is because the school has implemented a new policy for dropping off and picking up children at the school. They made this change to improve the safety of our children. Previously there were buses, cars and children all intermixed. I repeatedly observed cars driving up sidewalks, cars diving under buses that were unloading and loading. We have to protect our children. It would never be worth the rush if a child was run over.
I have listened to numerous stories from other parents and school personnel telling me that they are repeatedly yelled at, treated with disrespect, and asked to accommodate a lack of responsibility. This has to stop! We all know our schools need improvement. We know that there have been problems with the ways our schools have been run for years. But that doesn’t excuse any of this poor behavior.
When the current adults were children, they weren’t allowed to be disrespectful to their teachers or disobey. If they did, they were disciplined and held accountable for their actions. I have heard stories of kids who don’t turn in homework repeatedly and when their teacher finally gives them a failing grade, the parents come in angry telling the teachers to give them another chance. Why?
It is time we stood with, and up for our schools. If being a decent human being and a responsible adult aren’t enough, here’s a good reason to do better. Let’s break it down to economics. We all want a better local economy and more jobs. Research shows that economic improvement comes to areas with better schools. Also schools with parental and community support are higher performing.
So it’s simple, if you want more jobs, you want opportunities for your children, then let us stop fighting our schools and stand with them. Let’s stop treating our teachers and school personnel as hostile enemies (which really is absurd; they are dedicated to the well-being of our kids too, and to treat them badly is just unacceptable), and participate in your school. Attend the school meetings, learn more about what’s going on, have a conversation, be a part of the solution.
Fayetteville Elementary itself has three easy opportunities to be heard. They have the LSIC (Local School Improvement Council), the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) and a new PAC (Parent Advisory Council). All of these are designed to ask parents and families to work with the school. Tell them what is not working, and then do what responsible adults do, help them find the answers to make things better.
I believe bad behavior from adults towards school personnel must end, now. We are a proud local community. Let’s act in ways that make us proud of each other. And most importantly, let’s all work together to improve our schools with our school staff, for our children.
Fayetteville Elementary School parent
Let’s all help revive
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